Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Jude Law talks Sherlock Holmes 3

In this seemingly franchise saturated world, one series that appeared to have gone quietly into the night was Guy Ritchie's stylish and fun Sherlock Holmes. No more. According to Jude Law, Victorian England's finest gumshoe may soon be dusting off that cane of his and taking some names. Names, we assume, like Moriarty and Blackwood.

Law, who has already taken a couple of Sherlock 3 meetings with Warner Bros, has plenty of enthusiasm for the idea. "I hate celebrating anything I've done, but I'm so proud of those films. I think it was Joel Silver who said, 'Take it out of that dusty room and put it on the street'."

In a series of cliffhangers for the ages, both the big and small screen Sherlock Holmes adaptations are currently suspended somewhere on, or at lease several hundred feet below, the Reichenbach Falls. The BBC take on Conan Doyle's tale will find resolution when it airs early next year. According to Law, Guy Ritchie's version may be tearing after it like a man in a three-piece chasing a hansom cab.

"I think Warners want it," says Law, "and there's a lot of want from us as a team. We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it's smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm."

With a certain superhero world to service, Robert Downey Jr.'s schedule is a puzzle that would confound Holmes himself. The road to the third instalment hasn't proved to be straightforward, as Law explains. "It's a slow process," he says. "We're all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped."

With Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce on scripting duties and a battle-hardened cast and crew to call on, it certainly promises plenty of fizz as and when it finally comes together.

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